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Fat Tug IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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Fat Tug IPAFat Tug IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fat Tug is a northwest style India Pale Ale that is characterized by an intense hop profile of grapefruit & melon and restrained malt notes. At 7 % alc/vol and 80+ IBUs this beer delivers layers of aroma and flavor that is sure to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy!

Added by ericj551 on 10-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#808
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
643
pDev:
8.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 643 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of spokenwheels
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip - very cool iridescent blue artwork on the bottle

L: Cloudy medium to dark golden copper pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: West coast hops... citrus and pine. Biscuits and grains.

T/F: Strong malt/grain backbone. Some sweetness with a nice grapefruit and citrus hop profile. Some notes of pine and cracked peppercorns. Complex and very flavorful. Medium in mouthfeel... a bit oily. Finish is clean and citrusy.

O: A rock solid Canadian West Coast IPA. Tastes great and would be more than at-home in California. Loved it, and I'd have this any time.

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Photo of marker2525
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: sparkling honey juice
N: loads of pine sap
T: piney, citrus, balanced by an herbal maltiness that curbs the bitterness.

Solid. One of the better ipas in regular circulation in Canada.

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Photo of braican
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctruskey
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stotch
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

600ml bottle poured into a mini stein. Bottle reads best before June 17 2017. Enjoyed on February 14 2017. Haven't been able to find this fresh in Ontario for almost a year, the woman at the LCBO said it arrived in the store the day I bought it.

L: Pours a clear orange gold with a half-inch of head which dissipates quickly but still has decent retention and lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, melon and lychee with sweet, bready malt and floral, dank hops. An amazing tropical aroma and exactly what I look for in American IPAs.

T: The sweet flavours come through but are quickly overtaken by a resinous hop bitterness in the finish. A perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

F: Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Could be more full-bodied, with all of these big flavours it comes across a bit watery but still solid.

O: One of the best American IPAs brewed in Canada I've ever had. The only others that come close for me are Great Lakes' Thrust and Lake Effect IPAs and Collective Arts Ransack the Universe. A must for American IPA fans visiting Canada!

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Photo of Blaxn420
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of broadway848
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of frank-N-tine
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Silva11ha
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say, I'm not quite understanding all the love fir this one. Its drinkable, but incredib!y sweet to the point if being syrupy. Just a bit too much of thalt for my liking.

Looks good. Moderate head settles to a film, lots of lace. Clear, rich golden colour. Juicy, fruity nose, a touch of soapiness. Hoppy pine, tea, orange. Interesting taste. But very sweet, redeems itself to some degree with some finishi g bitterness, but still sweet, sweet, sweet more than anything else.

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Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter; modest hazy golden Amber with nice carbonation and head. Lots of grapefruit and Hoppiness greet the nose. A piney, mild bitterness on the palate that quickly mellows with the fruits. Medium body that does not linger.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerloserLI
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber pour. Despite it's unfiltered claim the beer is borderline see though with a foamy white head. On the nose I get hops and sugars. Not terribly floral.
A big hoppy feel upfront, on the initial sip, with a rather winey flow, and a bitter hoppy finish. Good flavor tones of citrus, grapefruit, resin, and pine. A pretty distinct malt backbon,e despite it's hop forward claim, that seems to balance the hops out with sweetness. The mouth feel is fairly moderate.

Overall, a good solid drinker but just not a game changer for me.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Best Before Date of Apr 18, 2017. Pours a clear orange gold with 2 inches of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, melon, orange and toasted bread. The taste is lots of melon and sticky resin. Toasted malts with notes of grapefruit and orange zest towards the end with a piney, resinous finish. Pretty balanced but with a bitter grapefruit bite. Body is a bit light with an oily mouthfeel. Easy drinker. Overall, solid IPA I'd buy again.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 643 ratings
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